Discover the birth and development of a poem from manuscript form
‘Composing’, ‘writing’, ‘altering’, ‘copying’ – words used by Dorothy Wordsworth to describe how her brother William’s poems were created. We shall examine a manuscript in detail to discover the birth and development of a poem. No knowledge of Wordsworth or poetry is required – just an open mind and an eye for clues!
Jeff Cowton is Curator and Head of Learning at The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere. The Trust cares for Dove Cottage, the Wordsworths’ home between 1799 and 1808, where most of William’s greatest poetry was composed, and where Dorothy wrote her now famous journal of their lives in Grasmere.